Shimano Refreshes their MTB Shoe Lineup for 2021
Shimano has released a number of updates to their MTB footwear lineup for 2021, including revised soles and rubber compounds, along with trickling down some of the technology found on their top-end S-PHYRE shoes. Read on after the break for all the details, including US MSRP pricing on the particular models.
Today, Shimano announced a total of 15 redesigned footwear models, evolving its entry-level road and mountain bike lines, its flagship gravel race shoe, and the popular Mountain Enduro (ME) lineup. New Shimano ME7, ME5, and GR5 gravity models feature new rubber compounds for improved grip while the entry-level XC models deliver a new level of premium performance in the value category thanks to trickle down S-PHYRE technology and style. The reimagined lineup features seamless fits and improved construction, bringing premium protection and control to all riders.
ME7 Mountain Enduro Race Shoes
The new ME7 Mountain Enduro race shoe receives Shimano’s unique new last design with extra toe box volume to accommodate a wider range of foot shapes without affecting shoe length. Available in both Volume+ and Volume+ Wide shoe lasts, the ME7 shoes deliver a secure wrap around the foot and comfortable fit for tackling all types or terrain. The Michelin rubber outsole continues on the ME7 yet with a revised design and new rubber compound that increases grip and stability. The low-profile buckle and quick lace closure add security for a reliable fit
- New Michelin OCX3 rubber outsole compound
- New Shimano Volume+ and Volume+ Wide lasts
- Updated upper design for secure fit
- Low profile buckle and quick lace closure
- Sizes 40-48, Colors Black and Olive
- Weight: 380g
- MSRP: $200
ME5 Mountain Enduro Shoes
Shimano’s mid-line ME5 shoes now feature a refined fit and more precise adjustments thanks to a new BOA® lace layout and Velcro strap closure system that create the right balance of securing the foot in comfort. The new high-grip Shimano rubber compound delivers added security and grip on and off the bike while the ankle guard provides protection for the roughest terrain. And at just $160, the ME5 shoes offer premium enduro/aggressive trail riding performance and trail style to the broadest range of riders.
- New high-grip Shimano rubber compound
- Secure ankle guard for protection
- BOA® L6 Dial with new lace layout
- Sizes 40-48, Colors: Black
- Weight: 352g
- MSRP: $160
GR5 Entry-Level Gravity Shoes
Setting a new benchmark for entry-level gravity shoes, Shimano’s GR5 flats introduce Shimano’s proprietary new GR3 high-grip rubber compound that creates more grip and durability than ever before. The updated modern appearance with mesh and synthetic leather upper delivers on and off the bike casual style while the competitive $100 price point offers premium performance for all rider levels.
- New Shimano G3 high-grip rubber compound
- Synthetic leather and mesh upper
- Causal lace-up design
- Modern styling paired with premium performance
- Sizes 33-48, Colors: Black and Olive
- Weight: 400g
- Price: $110
XC3 and XC3W Performance Value MTB Shoes
The new XC3 and XC3W women’s mountain bike shoes receive key trickle-down innovations and designs from Shimano’s elite S-PHYRE platform at an astonishing $120 price point. These value shoes deliver functional features including an updated midsole structure with a lower stack height to stabilize the foot and maximize power transfer and peddling efficiency. The XC3 and XC3W shoes also utilize Shimano’s surround wrapping synthetic leather composite upper that provides a breathable, glove-like fit.
- Low stack height for stability and power transfer
- Breathable synthetic leather composite upper
- Surround wrapper upper structure
- BOA L6 closure system
- RC3 Men’s: Sizes 40-52, Colors: Black, Blue
- RC3W Women’s: Size 36-44, Colors: Black
- Weight: 310g
- MSRP: $120